Actor Joy Sengupta, who has been a part of films such as Chaturanga and Jara Brishtite Bhijechilo, says that he would have been happier if a few of his films would have had timely releases. He mentions Jangalmahal and Ghuri as examples. “As an actor, some things are beyond our control. We don’t have a say in the distribution or the release of a film. There are a few films, which I feel, would have garnered a good response had it released. I was very happy with my performance in Jangalmahal, a political film, and Ghuri (directed by Riingo)… but both the films never hit the theatres. At times, I do get offers from big banners in Mumbai but I don’t take up those projects as I don’t have substantial roles in those films,” says the actor, who was at Fever FM’s Kolkata office recently to promote Bauddhayan Mukherji’s debut film, Teen Kahan. The film releases on September 11.
For Sengupta, who made his debut with Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998), learning something new matters more than money. “My acting is just not limited to films. I am associated with theatre, do advertisements and work in radio and television. I also conduct workshops. So, I make full use of my skill. Rather than waiting for a film to release, I will be happier to do theatre or be part of a film festival for a month where I can interact with an 80-year-old ballerina. I am on the lookout for such experiences, which will enrich me as an actor and a human being,” he says.
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Sengupta has known Bauddhayan Mukherji for a long time now. Mukherji was the executive director in the Bengali film Patalghar (2003). Later, he worked with Mukherji while doing an advertisement. “I have always known him as a creative and intelligent man. So, when he offered me a part in his debut film, there was no reason to refuse the film. I have a lot of scope to perform in this film,” he says.
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Having done TV shows such as Waaris, Kucchh Pal Saath Tumhara, at the beginning of his career, Sengupta recalls the earlier days of TV. “Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Sriram Raghavan and other talented people were involved with TV in those days. But that doesn’t mean that television is devoid of talent now. Today, TV is also about generating high TRPs and revenue. I don’t know how many people think of content first. I am open to any kind of work. But if I devote six months to a show, I should go back with some great experiences. Money is important but I am also keen on learning new things,” says Sengupta, who is awaiting the release of Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s new film, Roughbook. He also says he might do an experimental one-man film.